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Craft beer industry gets major boost from foreign investors(December 3) - Foreign beer makers are taking some big swigs of the frothy US craft beer business. Just this week, the number of breweries in this country surpassed 5,000 for the first time, up 1,000 in the past year and light years ahead of the 50 in operation in the mid-1980s, according to the Brewers Association. Complete Story

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Kroger plans lottery to sell 25 bottles of Sam Adams' coveted Utopias brew
(December 3) - Central Ohio Kroger stores have in hand 25 bottles of Samuel Adams' Utopias, a beer that is 28 percent alcohol by volume and has been aged for 22 years, and will hold a lottery for the chance to buy the rare, $189 brew. Complete Story
Aurora’s Mu Brewery moving up, not out
(December 2) - After less than two years, Mu Brewery has maximized what they can accomplish at their East Colfax Avenue home. But that doesn’t mean they are packing up and leaving Aurora behind. “At least for the foreseeable future there is no reason for us to leave Aurora,” said owner and founder Nathan Flatland. Complete Story
Sour Microbes: Yeast and Bacteria Explained
(December 2) - To begin, it’s key to understand the difference between wild and single-culture fermentation. Sour beers undergo wild or mixed fermentation, which means multiple yeasts and bacteria work together to create the funkiest of brews. In the category of wild ales, beers can be either controlled, meaning the brewers have selected exactly which yeast and bacteria to pitch, or open-air fermented, where fermenters are left completely or partially open to allow bacteria and wild yeast to enter. Complete Story
Craft Beer Explosion Fuels Demand For Local Hops
(December 2) - The Hartford-New Haven market ranks among the top craft-beer-loving regions in the U.S., according to a recent survey, and many of local brewers would love to use locally grown hops in their fermented creations. The only problem with that idea – until very recently – was that Connecticut hops simply weren't available. Complete Story
He’brew Beer Releases Four Limited-Edition Offerings for Chanukah 2016
(December 2) - When people hear the word ‘Score’ they likely picture their favorite sports team or a piece of music that touched their hearts, or perhaps a shady back alley deal from days of youthful indiscretions. For the finale of 2016 and at this significant milestone of maturity, Shmaltz Brewing Company looks at the word Score in a more expansive sense — Biblical (Psalm 90), Presidential (4 score and 7 years), Historical (‘I Have a Dream’). The Score defined for Shmaltz’s Anniversary marks 20 years. Complete Story
Land-Grant Brewing taking to the skies with brewpub at John Glenn International
(December 2) - Land-Grant Brewing is taking to the skies. Well, not literally because you can’t carry liquids onto an airplane, but the Franklinton craft brewery’s taproom at John Glenn Columbus International Airport will open Monday so weary travelers can enjoy a craft pint on their way in or out of the airport’s concourse B. Complete Story
Flocking to a new tour that combines birding and craft beer
(December 1) - In the worlds of birders and craft beer lovers, there’s a new paradigm, and it involves searching for ales along with the eagles, pairing stouts with swans and enjoying some bocks in tandem with buntings. Complete Story
Oskar Blues celebrates four years in Brevard
(December 1) - Fall 2012 was a crazy time for Oskar Blues Brewery. Within 90 days of closing on its Brevard facility and becoming the first nationally distributed craft brewery with an East Coast hub in Western North Carolina, employees were brewing a batch of the company’s flagship Dale’s Pale Ale. Four years later, the brewery reflects on that whirlwind time and its many interim accomplishments with a party celebrating its “Brevardaversary” on Monday, Dec. 12. Complete Story
Full Sail Brewing’s Annual Session Fest is Here to Save Christmas
(December 1) - It’s not a fest until it’s a Session Fest. One of Full Sail Brewing’s annual favorites, gold-medal winning Session Fest is a holiday beer that comes in a stubby little bottle, makes a great stocking stuffer, and is the perfect beer to leave by the fireplace for Santa or to share with friends and family who may appreciate an approachable, yet flavorful holiday beer. Complete Story
Commonwealth cracks down on pets in breweries(December 1) - Until recently, you could find dogs and their owners enjoying a brew in the tasting room at O’Connor Brewing Company. That’s changed with the addition of a new regulation to a little-known Virginia law prohibiting pets from entering breweries. Complete Story
Once a Trappist — St. Bernardus Brewery in Watou, Belgium
(December 1) - In the early 1990s, the Trappists of Sint Sixtus Abbey in Westvleteren mashed in on a commercial batch of beer inside their monastery for the first time since just after World War II. The monks in Belgium were getting organized. Early discussions about the establishment of an “International Trappist Association” were taking place. The “Authentic Trappist Product” logo would come into existence five years later. Complete Story
Walmart Is Now Selling Its Own Fancy Beer
(December 1) - Walmart is probably not the first place you think of when you want to buy craft beer. It's probably not also the second through 100th. But that might all be changing, as the retailer has begun selling its own private-label beer called Trouble Brewing, as reported by TheStreet. Complete Story

Report: Beer Volumes Declining in Markets Where Recreational Cannabis is Legal
(November 30) - Legalized marijuana is harshing the buzz of three longtime craft beer meccas, according to a new report from Cowen and Company. In Colorado, Oregon and Washington, where recreational cannabis use has been legalized, the beer business is underperforming, according to Vivien Azer, Cowen and Company’s managing director and senior research analyst specializing in the beverage, tobacco and cannabis sectors. Complete Story
In a crowded craft beer market, the name's the thing -- and the wackier the better
(November 30) - What's in a name? Apparently, in the world of craft beer, quite a lot. Just ask MadTree Brewing about Gnarly Brown. There are more than 4,600 breweries currently operating in the United States, according to the Brewers Association. Complete Story
Green Flash Releases Gin Barrel-Aged Tripel - 3rd in Barrelmaster's Reserve Series
(November 30) - Green Flash Brewing announces the release of the third limited-edition, rare beer in their Cellar 3 Barrelmaster’s Reserve series, Divine Enebro. It's a classic Belgian-style Tripel that has been aged in gin barrels with added botanicals to mimic the flavors found in classic gin cocktails Complete Story
Tampa Craft Brewery, Coppertail Brewing Co. makes their mark on Miami
(November 30) - Coppertail Brewing Co., one of Florida's finest craft breweries, is helping to beautify the city of Miami and raise funds for a Miami elementary school by sponsoring two art installations. Evan B. Harris of Portland, OR, the artist who has created the distinctive artwork for the Coppertail brand, will paint a mural near Boxelder, a craft beer bar and bottle shop at 2825 NW 2nd Ave in Miami. Complete Story
Rahr & Sons Release BBA Winter Warmer & Angry Santa
(November 29) - Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. will release two winter beers, Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer (BBAWW) and Angry Santa, at the end of this month. Both beers start with Rahr & Sons’ Winter Warmer – an English dark ale known for its savory notes of plum, raisin and chocolate – which then is brewed with different ingredients to create two beers with distinctive flavor profiles. Complete Story
Magnolia Brewing Releases Winter Warmer Ale
(November 29) - Magnolia Brewing released their seasonal Winter Warmer Ale on Wednesday, November 23rd. An annual tradition, the Magnolia team, led by brewmaster/founder Dave McLean, has been brewing the ale every fall for 19 years, always releasing it on the day before Thanksgiving. This year, Magnolia will offer six iterations of the ale over the course of the holiday season: 2016’s cask and draft brews, 2015’s vintage ale, and three more batches aged in wooden barrels. Complete Story
Rise of the Niche Brewery: Brewers Look to Distinguish Their Brands
(November 29) - Ten years ago, I was a newly legal beer drinker trying to scrape together a living slinging beer for a Colorado craft brewery that had recently started making headlines by forgoing the bottle to package their big beers in aluminum cans. It was a different time then. Complete Story
Legislation has allowed state's craft beer industry to thrive in Kentucky
(November 29) - Officials with the Kentucky Guild of Brewers say that 2016 legislation, which allowed craft brewers to double the maximum production cap for a calendar year, has paid dividends for the growing number of micro brewers across the state. Complete Story

Hop usage peaking: Mitch Steele
(November 28) - Brewers cannot realistically continue to exponentially increase the amount of hops they put in their beers, says India Pale Ale expert Mitch Steele. A typical IPA in the 1990 had around 3⁄4 pound of hops per barrel and today an average IPA has 1.5 pounds of hops per barrel. Complete Story
American Craft Beer Honored at European Beer Star
(November 28) - The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers—is pleased to announce that 21 American craft breweries, all members of the Brewers Association’s Export Development Program (EDP), won 31 awards in 22 different categories at the 13th annual European Beer Star, the internationally renowned beer competition. Complete Story
Is Your Favorite Craft Beer on the List of the Best in 2016?
(November 28) - The health of the craft-beer industry has been a cause of concern this year, because volumes that had been growing at double-digit rates for years have slowed dramatically in 2016. While craft beer now accounts for 12% of all the beer produced in the U.S., some 24 million barrels in all, the Brewers Association industry trade group says it expects production volumes to widen by just 8% in 2016. Complete Story
Geary’s sales dip as upstart craft beers crowd the market
(November 28) - D.L. Geary Brewing Co., founded in 1983, was Portland’s first craft brewer. But as younger, hipper beer makers pop up all around it, Geary’s production has dropped significantly. Numbers provided by the state’s Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations show Geary’s made 34.5 percent less beer in 2015 than in 2011. Complete Story
Carlsberg will pay you $14,000 to drink beer for four hours
(October 25) - Now Carlsberg is looking for a lucky Singaporean to drink lots of beer in four hours AND get paid $14,000 for the privilege. Bringing back its "Probably The Best Job In The World" campaign for the second year running, the Danish brewer has doubled last year's salary for the suitable candidate whose responsibilities include enjoying ice-cold Carlsberg "during work" and entertaining friends with the beverage. Complete Story
Bourbon County beers released
(October 25) Since Goose Island turned the release of its Bourbon County beers into an event in 2010, that event has become more like a holiday. Beer drinkers — and collectors and traders — arrive from all directions and begin lining up for the release of Bourbon County bottles at Binny’s Beverage Depot (1720 N. Marcey St.) at least a day before doors open Friday morning. Then they head across the street to Goose Island’s Clybourn Avenue brewpub to spend the day sipping the beers on draft. Complete Story
Holiday Shopping Guide: Craft Beer Games
(November 24) - Let’s just say I don’t think my friends will be returning to my house for craft beer board-game night any time soon. By the time we’d spent more than an hour setting up the third and final game, introverted Erika could be heard whimpering, “Please don’t make me play anymore.” Complete Story
Unwrapping Red Tape — Laws Leave Breweries Stuck in Own-Premise Revolution
(November 24) -  I had been on the phone with Sean Mossman, listening to him talk defeatedly about the status of beer laws in Oklahoma, where brewery taprooms could only sell beer up to 3.2% ABV. The restriction had held back growth of the industry in The Sooner State, he said, because revenue streams enjoyed by so many businesses across the country couldn’t be accessed for Oklahoma brewers. Complete Story
Band of Bohemia Brewpub Wins Monumental Michelin Star Award
(November 24) - Chicago brewpub, Band of Bohemia, is now the first U.S. brewpub to earn a Michelin star, a highly-prestigious culinary award that is incredibly difficult to obtain. “Earning a Michelin star is seen as a gift from the gods,” explains Adam Dulye, Executive Chef of the Brewers Association. Complete Story
New Belgium Brewing’s Kim Jordan Receives Governor’s Citizenship Award
(November 23) - Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has awarded New Belgium Brewing co-founder Kim Jordan a 2016 Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medal for Growth and Innovation. The award is given to an entrepreneur or business leader who has “led with exceptional ingenuity and growth while inspiring and creating new possibilities for others,” according to a press release from the Governor’s office. Complete Story
Ohio Brewery Transplant Fat Head's Is Crushing Portland At Its Own Game
(November 23) - Last week, the brewmaster at Fat Head's celebrated the two-year anniversary of his Pearl District pub, the first spinoff of the original Fat Head's brewery in suburban Cleveland, by releasing a huge array of barrel-aged beers. While most breweries buy big lots of oak from Kentucky bourbon houses, Hunsaker tracked down the odd lots, making connections with hyped craft distilleries like Utah's High West. Complete Story
St Elmo Brewing Co: Newest Beer Lover’s Hotspot in South Austin
(November 23) - For years, the term “St. Elmo” conjured up images of an awful Rob Lowe movie and an amazingly cheesy John Parr song. After checking out St Elmo Brewing Co, I can add rock solid beer to that list. Situated on the same street that bears its name, this South Austin brewery looks to deliver well-crafted, quaffable beer to a neighborhood thirsty for a brand new hangout. Complete Story
Breckenridge Brewery Releases Christmas Ale and Holidale
(November 23) - For the 2016 holiday season, Breckenridge Brewery today announced the national launch of the popular winter seasonal, Christmas Ale. Each year, Breckenridge Brewery releases Christmas Ale, a full-flavored, well-balanced, heartwarming ale meant to be shared with family and friends during the holidays. Complete Story
Upslope Brewing Releases 2016 Seasonal Christmas Ale
(November 23) - Upslope Brewing Company’s Christmas Ale will be placed under the tree just in time for the holidays this year. The Limited Release Belgian-style Dubbel—brewed with holiday spices—is currently available in canned, 12-ounce four packs at liquor stores across Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Montana, while supplies last. Complete Story

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Appoints Chief Commercial Officer
(November 23) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. announced the promotion of Joe Whitney, a 10-year veteran of the company, to the newly-created position of Chief Commercial Officer. The promotion is one in a series of appointments to the Senior Leadership Team, including the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Supply Chain Officer roles. Complete Story
When Craft Beer Goes Corporate
(November 22) - Rising Houston craft beer star Karbach Brewing wasn’t interested in selling when beer behemoth Anheuser-Busch started courting them more than a year ago. Karbach, named after the street it’s located on, was four years old, still a start-up, with an independent employee culture and brand identity to preserve. Complete Story

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Avery Brewing Kills Off Six of Its Acclaimed Demons and Dictators Beers
(November 22) - The Boulder brewery said last week that it will stop brewing and bottling The Beast, Samael’s Ale, Mephistopheles, The Kaiser, The Czar, Salvation and Dugana. The decision means that Avery’s three acclaimed trinity series, the Demons of Ale, the Dictators and the Holy Trinity, will come to an end as well. Complete Story

Anchor Christmas Ale marks its 42nd year
(November 22) -Anchor Christmas Ale is an annual tradition from the San Fransisco, California based Anchor Brewing. This year marks their 42nd release of the popular winter warmer. While the recipe and the artwork on the label are different every year, over 40 years of perfecting has made Anchor Christmas Ale a widely anticipated annual release. This year’s edition is no different. Complete Story



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